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Bebop Spoken There

Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Friday April 28

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Dean Stockdale Trio - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord - St. Cuthbert's Centre, Church Hill, Crook DL15 9DN. 7:30pm.
Matt Roberts Sextet - Voodoo Café, Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 8pm. £6. 01325 467555. Darlington Jazz Festival.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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Lazy River Jazz Band - Blenkinsopp Castle Inn, Nr. Greenhead CA8 7JS. 8pm. £5. Dancers welcome! 07721 375278 for more details.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, October 17, 2016

CD Review: Nick Sanders/ Logan Strosahl - Janus.

Nick Sanders (alto); Logan Strosahl (pno).
(Review by Lance).
Duo gigs are now as much the norm as trios, quartets, quintets and, probably more than sextets and infinitely more than bands numerically larger. Finance is usually the winner when artistic values are in the red corner. Bass players and drummers are the big losers - and, of course, the listeners.
Janus, in Roman Mythology, The God of Time, possessed of two diametrically opposed faces (I've known a few women like that!) looked simultaneously backward and forwards. 
Hence the title.

Sanders and Strosahl do look in  different directions. The music straddles Medieval, Baroque, Contemporary Classical, Bebop (hooray!) and more modern jazz. It's a delightful journey across the ages. They're playing music, improvising on tunes they've written as well as some that others too have wrote e.g. Hoagy Carmichael (Stardust); Willard Robinson (Old Folk's); Thelonious Monk (Thelonious).
Also in the mix are compositions by de Machaut; Francois Couperin and Olivier Messiaen.
Two very fine young musicians offering a unique approach to jazz as we know it today and as we knew it yesterday.
The album was launched last week  at Cornelia St. Café in NYC.
Had the launch been in Newcastle, UK - I'd have  suggested  Lit and Phil on a Friday lunchtime as opposed to the Jazz Café on a Friday night!
Lance.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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